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April 21, 2016, 8:52 AM

Turn That Thing Around!


     Do you know who Robert Cornelius was? I sure didn’t. He was born in Pennsylvania to immigrants from Amsterdam in 1809, and became interested in photography. At the age of 30 he took a self-portrait outside of his family’s store. It is the oldest known self-portrait known to exist in America, the first “selfie”!

     The older I get the more I understand this truth: there is not much new that comes around. But, we do find new ways to express the same truths that have been around a long time. Many of us, at this very moment have a camera, even a video camera within reach of, if not in our hands right now!

     It is estimated that over 1.4 billion are taken every day, with at least 680 million of those posted on social media, literally hundreds of thousand per second! More than a million of those taken every day in America are what we call selfies.

     I really wish we spent more time pointing our phones and cameras in another direction. I don’t think we are anymore self-absorbed than many of those before us, but we may be better at demonstrating it! Here’s a question for us; does the world really need to see more of me, or more of Him?

     The perfect Son of God, gave Himself on behalf of others, He refused to hold on to being God, he humbled himself to become one of us, so that we might become like Him. He was never interested in “selfies”, but always becoming more selfless.

     I was blessed to grow up in a loving family full of people who loved me. We all need to learn, and it usually is a tough lesson, life rarely revolves around us. No matter how good I am, how important I have become what I have accomplished, or how good I look on my phone, I need to see Jesus, and not the other way around. Maybe we simply need more than ever to understand it’s not about self, it’s about Him.

    John would write long after Jesus had ascended to heaven these instructions for us. The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:6

     I pray we could point our camera in a different direction this week! Maybe someone will see Him.

Philip

     


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